2022 PGA Championship: Top 6 runners right now on the hunt for their first major title ahead of the final round tomorrow

Looks like we’re set for a brilliant finish to the 2022 PGA Tournament at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a possible new winner tomorrow from this Top 6 cohort, who all haven’t yet won a major before. Mito Perera from Chile is your man leading right now where he’s on the cusp of his first ever major at -9 (201) ahead of Day 2 leader Will Zalatoris -6 (204), who is still in contention despite a poor run today of three-over par 73.

There’s plenty of new emerging competitors from out of nowhere to outside favourites after Day 3; Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick is Tied 2nd with Zalatoris after an outstanding Round 3 score of three-under 67, while Cameron Young is 4th, Irishman Seamus Power in 6th ahead of Stewart Cink, and Mexican Abraham Ancer never looked out of place within the Top 5, despite some small drops so far throughout this tournament.

Although it’s great to see our Aussie Lucas Herbert rebound following a great Day 3 run of two-under 68 at one under in Tied 10th, he needs another extraordinary score tomorrow to stay in this fight. A win would be a miracle moment to sum up on what has been an incredible run as a underdog. But he will need to close down Perera by eight strokes & pray for the other competitors above him to score poorly, which is going to be a tough ask. He will at least be happy to target Top 5-7, then Herbert hopes to go all in next month at the US Open & try to bring home a major for Australia.

Speaking of another Aussie, Cam Smith once again struggled today where he now sits at one-over par (Tied 23rd) following a score of three over 73. It’s not a good look having fired off well in the Top 10 on Day 1, then he began to slip away through the leaderboard ever since. All Smith can do now is finish off strong in the Top 10-15 where he was unable to build on from his outstanding Masters campaign last month in 3rd.

And Tiger Woods’s comeback journey continued to be a stop start when his score of 79 today saw him pull out of this tournament over persistent leg issues that was sustained from his freak car accident earlier last year.

Will Zalatoris leads after Day 2 of the 2022 PGA Championship; Cam Smith still in the Top 10 while Lucas Herbert unable to replicate his impressive Day 1 spell

Day 2 has saw a number of new contenders in the mix ahead of this weekend’s final two rounds of the 2022 PGA Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Will Zalatoris is your new leader after an excellent run today of five-under 65 which puts him at nine-under overall, having stayed ahead up front with a good consistent first half spell followed by three straight birdies in the back nine holes.

Next up is Mito Perera from Chile, who is someone we haven’t heard much until now following an decent start from Tied 7th yesterday. He currently sits just behind Zalatoris by one stroke at eight-under 64 where he threw in plenty of birdies, especially in the first-half with a decent score of 31 of 35 shots alone.

Then Bubba Watson came out of nowhere from outside the Top 50 to right inside the Top 5 in 4th after an outstanding spell today of seven-under 63, while Justin Thomas still keeps an eye on the Top 2 in 3rd before looking to a big move going into tomorrow, as he looks to win his 2nd major since 2017 in this exact same tournament.

But there’s a couple of players who needed to bounce back, such as, Rory McIIroy; now he had an outstanding start with the lead yesterday, however the Northern Irishman was disappointed after Day 2 with a one-over 71 where he sits in Tied 5th. His back nine spell looked good as always with a couple of consecutive birdies, but he needs to work on strong starts which will determine if McIIroy has a good chance of chasing that major on Sunday.

We also look at the Aussies corner starting with Cam Smith who haven’t improved that much Day 2 on equal par 70, while Lucas Herbert fell of a cliff massively from Tied 7th to around Tied 30th following a sub-par score of three-over 73. There’s a still a chance Smith can bridge that gap into the Top 5 & have an extended crack for that PGA Championship title, having stayed inside the Top 10 so far. For Herbert, not so much, unless he can put in a really good performance in Round 3 like it was from Round 1 yesterday that would hopefully shock the leaderboard again.

And many fans in the Golf community still check on Tiger Woods with his comeback journey following his car accident earlier last year, which sidelined him out of action for a long period of time until his return at the Masters last month. Now he may not be able to replicate his former best self over persistent knee & leg issues that was sustained from the crash, but at least he made the cut with a slightly improve run of one-under 69 today at +3 T53.

Scottie Scheffler holds on to Masters lead to secure his first Major championship

Scottie Scheffler holds on to Masters lead to secure his first Major championship

Scottie Scheffler showed ice cold consistency on the final day of The Masters to win his first green jacket – proving just why he’s world No.1.

The American started the day on 10- under, three shots ahead of Australia’s Cameron Smith. It was the Queenslander who got off to a promising start with a pair of birdies on the first two holes. But after sinking a spectacular chip on the third, Scheffler never really looked back.

There was a hint of a rally when Smith birdied the 11th. But a score of six on the par three 12th effectively ended his chances. In the end he was overtaken by Rory McIlroy, himself chasing a Grand Slam of Major victories. The Northern Irishman hit an astonishing round of 64, his magical bunker shot on the 18th one of the day’s highlights.

The day, though, belonged to Scheffler, whose final round of 71 – including four birdies – was pure class.

Smith finished third on 5- under, tied with Ireland’s Shane Lowry. America’s Colin Morikawa finished fourth on 4- under.

Elsewhere, Australia’s Min Woo Lee ended the weekend 14th; Marc Leishman finished 31; Cameron Davis 46th. Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, tied 48th.

Tiger Woods, who dominated so many of this week’s headlines, finished on 13- over. Not quite the fairytale comeback fans hoped for, but the fact the five-time champion completed 72 holes was remarkable; just 14 months ago he underwent extensive emergency surgery to save his right leg following a car accident.

Scottie Scheffler leads after Day 2 of the 2022 Masters Golf at Augusta National Golf Course

There’s so much to reflect on the second day of this year’s Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta, GA. Aussie Cam Smith couldn’t kick on his opening day spell when he languished a lot of pars and a few bogeys in a total of +2, 74 shots, although he finished Day 2 well with two birdies at holes 15 & 18. There’s still two days left going into the weekend & make up some lost time, as he’s Tied 6th at a total of -2.

The same say for South Korea’s Sungjae Im, who lost the lead to Scottie Scheffler, following three birdies, five bogeys & a majority of pars at +2 (74 shots). But again, he’s still in the mix at Tied 2nd going into Day 3 tomorrow & hopefully be the first South Korean to wear the green jacket.

We also saw some of the improved competitors today alongside Im in the shared 2nd spot; Ireland’s Shane Lowry, Reigning champion Hideki Matsuyama from Japan & 2011 Masters winner South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel. Meanwhile, Harold Varner III & Kevin Na continued their impressive start with the same score as yesterday at -2 (71 shots), where they will look to break into the Top 5 zone & have an outside crack for the lead if things work out after Day 3.

Dustin Johnson’s struggles continue that was miles away from the promised start he produced in Round 1, with only one birdie collected in the 4th hole at +1, 73 shots. It will be interesting to see if he can regroup in the weekend spells of Rounds 3 & 4, as he currently sits in Tied 6th, total -2. Danny Willett & Joaquin Niemann also endured some inconsistencies that saw them fall down the leaderboard in Tied 10th. And Patrick Cantlay slipped outside the Top 10 from 7th to 19th alongside Tiger Woods, who did enough to make the cut at +2 today (74 shots).

Two rounds down, two to go with Scottie Schaeffler as your leader from Tied 3rd yesterday at -3 to -8. Whoever is leading after Day 3, we will see an exciting finish that will change everything on Sunday at the Augusta National Golf Club.

2022 The Masters Day 1 Review, Aussie Cam Smith not far in 2nd behind leader Sunjae Im of South Korea

It’s good to see an Australian in Cameron Smith doing so well, who is currently in 2nd after the 1st Day of the 2022 Masters in Augusta, GA. He may fired off poorly when Smith shot six in the first hole through Par 4, but he gradually improved as it goes where he racked up three eagles & four birdies at -4 (68 shots).

At the end of the day, the leader you’re looking at is Sunjae Im from South Korea; he was very consistent with plenty of 3s & 4s that earned him a whopping six birdies apart from the three bogeys at -5 (67 shots).

Then there are also a lot of 3rd place runners catching right up to Smith and Im’s radar, with Dustin Johnson, Scottie Scheffler, Danny Willett & Joaquin Niemann all tied at -3 (69 shots).

Johnson fired off well where he sniffed around Smith & Im earlier on for the lead. Although his form may have dipped going into the 2nd half spell that began to slip away from joint 1st with Smith & Im, there’s still room for improvement to catch up tomorrow if he wants to regain the lead & try to snatch that green jacket for the second time. Meanwhile, Willett, Scheffler & Niemann always kept their eye within the Top 3, having never been out of shape throughout the opening day as they look to hold back Johnson & split this front-row battle of Smith & Im on Day 2 tomorrow.

Jason Kokrak & Corey Conners sat comfortably outside the Top 6 throughout the opening day alongside Patrick Cantlay, who improved lately with four birdies in the 2nd half spell. And we also can’t forget the return of Tiger Woods after a freak accident earlier last year; he shot a lot of pars alongside three birdies in joint 10th at -1 (71 shots).

It will be interesting to see which two runner-ups from the 2020 Masters Tournaments will be up in front by the end of Day 2 tomorrow at Augusta National Golf Course.

Masters 2022 Preview

Although the golf season has been in full swing for months, for many fans, the Masters is the official start of the golf season. After all, it is the first major championship in the calendar year and a “tradition like no other.” One cannot think of the Masters without fondly recalling 1986 when Jack Nicklaus stormed from behind on the back nine on the final day to win his 6th Masters at the age of 46. Similarly, people vividly remember Tiger Woods’ first triumph in 1997 and his unexpected win in 2019.

Last year, Justin Rose jumped to the early lead in the Masters with an opening round of 65. However, he failed to break par in any of the next three rounds and finished 7th. A third round of 65 by Hideki Matsuyama put him in great position and despite a final round of 73, walked away with his first major and first Japanese-born player to win the Masters. Will Zalatoris finished a shot back at nine-under par.

Taking a look at this year’s field and there are numerous big names are set to tee it up, including the likes of past champions Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott. There is even a remote chance that Woods himself tees it up.

Oddly enough, Matsuyama is a longshot to defend at 28-to-1 odds and Zalatoris is at 35-to-1, so expect a different top end of the leaderboard this time around.

One of the hottest players on the PGA Tour and one to watch is Cameron Smith, who has two wins this season and is ranked sixth in the world. Despite being arguably the hottest player currently on the PGA Tour, Smith’s odds of winning at 16-1 are behind Jon Rahm (9-1), Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas (12-1), and Rory McIlroy at 14-1. For McIlroy, a win would complete the much-coveted grand slam. However, the Masters has been a very difficult challenge for the 32-year-old, who has finished outside the top 20 in two of his last three starts at Augusta, including a missed cut last year.

Don’t be surprised if 24-year-old Viktor Hovland makes a run at the championship. He has a win and four top-ten finishes on the PGA Tour this season. Ranked 4th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Hovland has been in the top ten in three of his last five starts.

Other players who could seriously contend for the Masters title this year include Brooks Koepka, Scottie Sheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, and Bryson DeChambeau.

The Augusta National course the players will face is different from past years. Changes to the first hole of “amen corner” at number 11 and the 15th will add 35 yards to the course, increasing the distance to a record 7510 yards. The dogleg on the 11th hole is slightly diminished and some trees were removed from the right side of the fairway.

In addition, there are new greens on the 3rd, 13th, and 17th holes. The 11th hole has a wider fairway giving players a nice chance of reaching the green even on balls missed to the right. Despite that fact, the trouble around the green is increased, so an already difficult hole could play even tougher this year. The dogleg left on the 13th hole that gives the big bombers a chance to cut the corner, we expected to change but has remained intact. However, a change to the length of this hole is likely to occur for future Masters tournaments.

In the end, the only real changes this year’s players must be concerned about are those to the three greens mentioned and to the 11th and 15th holes. Augusta National is difficult enough without any major changes.

It’s time to sit back and enjoy perhaps first major championship of the PGA season!

The Resurrection of Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy was once widely known as the best golfer in the world, but recently he has fallen off this podium. Dustin Johnson now holds that title, but maybe not for long. If you don’t already know, McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Tournament this past weekend at the Quail Hollow course in North Carolina. 

If you are wondering how long it had been since McIlroy’s last time as a champion, you are certainly not alone. In fact it had been over 550 days from his last win until this past weekend. It was also his first win as a father, and ironically this win came on Mother’s Day. This made it an even more special win for him and his family. It reminded the golf world altogether about his skill and had everyone forgetting about his recent struggles as of late.

Even though he won the Wells Fargo Tournament, he has really only left fans with more questions than answers. Seeing this version of himself that hasn’t been seen in years, fans are wondering what’s next for him and his career. Can this moment reignite his chances of winning more tournaments and possibly a major championship? Well only time will tell for those answers, but we can certainly hope so.

Speaking of majors, next weekend McIlroy will be taking his talents to the PGA Championship. For years he had been compared to Tiger Woods, and winning back to back events would certainly make that comparison a little more true. Although the PGA Tour is arguably more difficult to win on nowthan ever before, but that is a topic for another day.

For now we are left awaiting the future, and hoping that this last win can reignite the Rory McIlroy of old. For his sake and our sake as fans, I really hope that, that is the case.